Hold Tight Paperback – 8 Jan 2009
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"The undertow of savagery beneath the calm surface of suburban life is a theme that runs throughout Coben's dark, tautly structured thrillers, in which nothing is quite what it seems to be" (Christina Koning TIMES )<br /><br />'Excellent thriller from one of America's best popular novelists' (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY )<br /><br />"zigzags between two chilling plots" (CANDIS )<br /><br />"the suspense keeps you hooked to the last word" (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS )<br /><br />"Coben dleivers yet another gripping read... addictive from the start... if you want dram, tension, tears and intrigue, this is the book to buy" (NEWSSHOPPER.CO.UK )<br /><br />"His thrillers come with the guarantee of a great read and a twist in the tale, and again he delivers the goods" (EVENING TELEGRAPH )<br /><br />"One of his finest stand alone novels" (GOOD BOOK GUIDE ) --Good Book Guide
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A superb SUNDAY TIMES No.1 bestseller.
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This is a typical Coben novel which keeps you turning the pages because Coben is so good at withholding crucial bits of the story and keeping the tension tight. A lot of coincidences keep the story running, however, and I also felt that Coben's usual wit and insights were missing from his writing this time. There are a host of characters in the novel sometimes making it hard to keep up - all of them installed into the story-line, no doubt, to keep readers guessing about what really is going on.
In short, a pretty riveting read but one which didn't display all of the skills we know Coben has.
But then the pace becomes uneven and, while characterisation is never the great strength of Coben's books, all but the major characters here seem badly underwritten.
The different strands of plot are brought together in the last chapter in a way I can only describe as unconvincing and perfunctory.
He's written much better. New readers, don't start here.
I also found the serial killer character completely ridiculous. His lack of development as a character was completely woeful. The story would have benefited from removing that thread entirely and saving us all 50 pages of our time.
I would strongly advise against reading this book.
'Hold Tight' is well constructed and the pace is excellent. The story is multi-layered and though this could have been confusing with a less accomplished novelist, it works well in this instance.
Tense, a little bit grim at times and suspenseful - almost perfect...
Another reviewer has mentioned that the characters are 2 dimensional, but frankly I have been unable to identify a second dimension in any of them. The baddies are so bad they just about cackle and rub their hands together, whilst the goodies would never so much as break the speed limit. The main character, Mike Baye (who I picture looking like Mr Incredible out of The Incredibles), is a surgeon who also plays All American hockey (whatever that is), and not just a surgeon, but a transplant surgeon....and not just a transplant surgeon, but the best transplant surgeon in America. And his partner is the best cardiologist in America or something.Read more ›
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Easy to read - lots of twists and turns - couldn't put it down!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer